Travel With Kids – Breaking Free After Covid-19

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All around the world significant restrictions were implemented to prevent travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Almost overnight we found ourselves facing this invisible enemy, and life as we knew it was changing. This situation was unprecedented in our lifetime and it affected our everyday lives in dramatic ways. If your family loves to travel with kids, then you likely experienced the disappointment of cancelled travel plans. And your family had to adjust to social distancing and spending your time at home. Now, are you ready to break free from home and travel with kids after Covid-19?

Dreaming of vacation and researching new travel destinations is one of the things that can help get you through this hard time. Certainly knowing that one day we can travel again, and we will be able to plan a family vacation, is a lifeline for me! That hope and wanderlust is what gets me through these difficult days.

Family Travel is changing, so what steps should you be taking for the future? In this post we discuss making plans to travel with kids, and we provide 5 Tips to Help you Prepare to Travel with Kids after Covid-19.

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Returning to Travel

Among my community I hear the general consensus that people can’t wait for things to get back to normal. But, I don’t think we’re ever going BACK to normal. We will experience a NEW normal. We are looking forward to normal. What that new normal will look like is rather unknown at this point. However, we do know that life will be different. Are you left wondering how you can travel with kids after Covid-19?

Prioritize Travel with Kids as you Re-build your Schedule

The world has quite literally been turned upside down and our regular schedules and plans have been thrown to the wolves. Furthermore, as challenging as we find this time, the shift in schedule is helping many parents to realize the importance of better priorities. As we re-build our lives one piece at a time, let’s be determined to prioritize what is most important to us as individuals, and to our families. For me, that is prioritizing family time and family travel with kids.

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Making Plans to Travel with Kids after Covid-19

Are you ready to bust out of your house and start making plans to travel with kids? I feel like a caged animal who is trying to escape. I’m desperate for a change of scenery and a break in the monotony of being at home day after day after day.

Right now we are not in a position to travel, but we can still plan and dream of a family vacation. Keep that spark alive in your heart. Make plans now so you know where you want to go, and how to make that trip happen, once the travel restrictions are lifted.

5 Tips for Traveling with Kids after Covid-19

Eventually we will get the green light from local authorities to stop living in isolation and the travel restrictions will be lifted. Then we can make plans to travel with kids again. Where do you want to visit first – the beach, the mountains, your family?

Here’s how your family can transition to travel with kids once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted:

Start Simple and be Flexible

Taking a simple family road trip would be a great first travel option. This provides the independence of having your car, and not being reliant on the airlines (for the time being) and the possibility of interrupted travel itineraries. Driving your vehicle also means you are typically around your family and can stay away from large crowds of people.

Plan a Staycation

The Covid-19 pandemic may have hit your family hard financially. Whether you experienced reduced work hours, being furloughed, unemployment, the loss of your business, or any other ways that this invisible enemy stole your income. An unexpected change to your family budget may mean that an expensive family vacation is not possible for the foreseeable future. You may consider a staycation in your local area, and instead choose to make day trips from your home. These short family road trips provide the opportunity to explore new and exciting environments on your doorstep, without the added expense of overnight accommodation. Visit the local tourism board for your state and discover places of interest in your area.

Focus on Domestic Travel

We have experienced great uncertainly in 2020 with the border closings of many countries. For the foreseeable future it would be prudent to focus on domestic travel in the country where you live. If you live in the United States then we are blessed with a MASSIVE country to explore and endless domestic travel options. There’s various terrain, temperatures and cultures available within THIS country.

Explore the Outdoors

Plan to spend time outdoors when you travel with kids after Covid-19. Wide open spaces that are away from large groups of people would make a good first trip as we establish what our new normal will look like. We are going to opt for a multi-generational family beach trip. Our favorite destination to visit in the southeastern United States is the quiet and peaceful coastline of the Outer Banks, NC. More specifically the town of Duck, NC which is a very family friendly destination.

You may prefer to visit the mountains where there’s plenty of outdoor options for hiking, fishing, biking or camping (see also, ‘How Much Does Camping Cost?‘). The United States is extremely fortunate with countless National Parks for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun.

Watch for Travel Updates

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Do your research now about places to visit in your area. Keep an eye out for updates from the governor of that state so you are aware of when travel restrictions are lifted, and you are allowed to visit your destination of choice.

Be ready so your family can hit the road once we’re allowed to travel again!

Other posts to help you Travel with Kids

As you make plans to travel with kids check out these other posts I’ve written about how to simplify a road trip with kids and how to avoid motion sickness in kids. Furthermore, in this current environment it’s especially important to be aware of strategies to stay healthy while traveling with children. But for your own sanity don’t forget the road trip snacks for kids, and you can download our FREE Printable Road Trip Games for Kids. This pairs well with our BE Family Travel Tray & Messenger Bag to hold your child’s activities, which you can buy HERE.

Although no one knows how long it will be before we can travel again. I hope this post encourages you to dream about family travel and keep that spark alive. Nothing or no-one can set limits on your dreams! Plan to travel with your kids in the future, it WILL happen again. Family vacations create lasting memories, and shared experiences strengthen family relationships. This special focused time together fills your little ones heart ❣

I’d love for you to please comment below and let me know the first place your family plans to visit once we can travel again.

And remember, let’s BE Family so you can enjoy the journey.

Until next time,
💕💖 Ruth

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Ruth Hutchins grew up in England and now lives in North Carolina with her husband, Doug, and their two young daughters. They always loved to travel, but once having children everything changed because family travel is more complicated. Traveling with a baby may feel overwhelming to new parents. Travel with a toddler can really test your patience, and traveling with kids can lead to utter chaos. However, travel with your little ones doesn’t have to be that stressful or exhausting. On the BE Family Travel blog Ruth shares her parenting wins, and even epic failures about traveling with kids. She provides resources to help you feel empowered to plan a family vacation and travel with your children.

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